East Meets West in Psychotherapy
Mel Pohl, MD, Colin Ross, MD, James Flowers, PhD, and Pamela Harmell, PhD Webinar
9:00 am - 4:30 pm CST
Pamela Harmell, Ph.D.
James Flowers, PhD, LPC-S
Mel Pohl, MD
August 27 Mel Pohl, MD, Colin Ross, MD, James Flowers, PhD, and Pamela Harmell, PhD Webinar
East Meets West in Psychotherapy: Chronic Pain | Addiction | Trauma | Ethics
WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS CONFERENCE?
- Private Practice Therapists
- Addiction Professionals
- Social Workers
- Marriage & Family Therapists
- Other Professionals working in the Behavioral Health Field
Mel Pohl, MD
Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM is a Family Practitioner. He is the Senior Medical Consultant of Landmark Recovery, Las Vegas. Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing Las Vegas Recovery Center’s Chronic Pain Recovery Program.
Colin A. Ross, M.D.
Colin Ross M.D. is the author of 225 peer-reviewed papers and 32 books. He is a past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. He consults to hospital trauma programs in Texas, Michigan and California.
James Flowers, PhD, LPC-S
For more than 25 years, Dr. Flowers has been one of the most familiar and respected names in the area of pain recovery, chronic pain and addiction. A leader in the field, his history in assessments and treatment of chronic pain and co-occurring addiction has led to an exceptionally distinguished career.
Pamela Harmell, Ph.D.
Dr. Pamela Harmell, Ph. D. is a national lecturer specializing in legal and ethical issues in clinical practice. She is a Clinical Professor at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology and has written extensively in professional publications on ethical practice and has formally studied law.
Friday, August 27
- Describe principles of chronic pain, including central nervous system processing and the brain’s response to pain and suffering.
- Discuss an overview of the opioid crisis and its impact on clients with co-occurring chronic pain.
- Discuss techniques to manage opioid dependence and the experience of recovery from chronic pain with clinical methods including mindfulness, CBT, DBT, and ACT.
9:00 am - 10:45 am CST
Chronic Pain in Clients with Substance Abuse & the Role of Opioids
In this talk, Dr. Pohl will discuss chronic pain as a complicated web of emotions and physical symptoms. The most common way to treat pain is to use opioid medications, which actually complicate the course of chronic pain. For some individuals who develop dependence/ addiction to these medications, management, and treatment for their condition can become much more complicated. This session will review the interactions of pain, suffering, and addiction as they interface with your clients with suggestions for intervention and treatment.
10:45 am - 11:00 am CST
- At the end of this workshop, the participant will be able to explain the dissociative structural model and its application to therapy.
- At the end of this workshop, the participant will be able to describe the core principles of Trauma Model Therapy.
- At the end of this workshop, the participant will be able to describe treatment strategies, techniques, and interventions used in Trauma Model Therapy.
11:00 am - 12:30 pm CST
The Link Between Trauma, Depression and Borderline Personality Disorder
Dr. Ross will explain how the dissociative structural model integrates a wide range of diagnoses, symptoms, defenses, and addictions into a unified treatment plan. He will then explain the core principles of Trauma Model Therapy. These include: the problem of attachment to the perpetrator; the locus of control shift; the problem is not the problem; just say ‘no’ to drugs and the victim-rescuer-perpetrator triangle. Specific techniques, strategies, and interventions will be illustrated through case examples.
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm CST
- The participant will gain an understanding of comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for pain, addiction, mental illness, and overall health.
- The participant will be able to discuss five components of comprehensive diagnostic evaluations to help get to the root of the identified patient’s concern or behavior.
- The participant will be able to identify three types of clients that would benefit from comprehensive diagnostic evaluations.
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm CST
Take the Guesswork Out of Comprehensive Healthcare: Importance of Diagnostic Evaluations in Pain Recovery, Complex Medical Cases and Treatment of Resistant Clients
Comprehensive diagnostic evaluations gather 360 degrees of vital information about an individual’s strengths and challenges, resulting in what can be called a Living MRI. Co-occurring disorders such as addiction, mental health, chronic pain, and other complex bio-psycho-social problems are at epidemic numbers. Hasty or uninformed clinical decisions for treatment and therapy often result in misdiagnosed and untreated symptoms. CDE’s provide multidisciplinary diagnostic testing pinpointing co-occurring difficulties. The clinician will learn what team is required for a full picture of the client’s health medically, psychiatrically, and psychologically. Substance use, trauma and spiritual evaluations are several other evaluations discussed, giving attendees the opportunity to learn clinical techniques in one’s practice. Clinicians will understand how the use of standardized testing techniques such as the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory and the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, as well as other diagnostic tools, assist in practice skills.
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm CST
- Identify ethical issues related to when psychotherapists can practice across state lines
- Review an informed consent form for online therapy
- Understand the importance of the “Third-party rule” in the age of technology
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm CST
Reach Out & Shrink Someone: Clinical Practice in the Age of Technology
The 21st Century has brought innovations that require therapists to consider confidentiality, record keeping, and boundary controversies especially in this time of online therapy during the covid epidemic. This workshop will address personal versus professional website issues, reputation protection (Yelp), teletherapy and working across state lines in a pandemic, specific informed consent for telehealth, and updates on proper internet record keeping. Literature updates, expert opinion, and relevant ethics codes will be discussed.
FIRST 30 MINUTES
Definitions and terminology for telepsychology
What does the APA say about working across state lines?
Psychotherapists as “essential” workers?
Providing teletherapy across state lines
Working across state lines in the time of covid
SECOND 30 MINUTES
Handling social media
Social media policy
Including Texts and emails in patient records
Ethical issues related to patient-therapist online searches
Barriers to telepsychology
THIRD 30 MINUTES
Statistics and prevalence of internet users
Research on the use of the internet by psychotherapists
Recommendations for therapists who use the internet
How to protect your patients
How to protect your practice
Legal and ethical issues
Yelp other online issues
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